Stirling Sheriff Court has fined two Scottish engineering firms after a worker suffered serious hand injuries.
Hugh Logan Plant and Engineering Services Ltd, of Whistleberry Industrial Estate in Hamilton, was handed a £16,000 fine after it admitted breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974.
Meanwhile, Falburn Engineering Ltd, of Plean Industrial Estate in Stirling, was ordered to pay £10,000 in fines after pleading guilty to a breach of Section 3 of the same Act.
The incident happened on October 6, 2010, on Falburn’s premises in Stirling after 54-year-old Kevin Bradley arrived with a delivery of steel beams.
Steel beams fell off forklift
Mr Bradley, an HGV driver for Hugh Logan, was unloading the beams along with a Falburn forklift truck driver and standing on the flatbed trailer when his colleague began to lift the second bundle.
During this operation the steel suddenly rolled away from the forklift, which caused the metal strapping that tied the beams together to break.
The beams separated and fell towards Mr Bradley, who could not get out of the way quickly enough and was hit by a beam.
His feet trapped against the trailer, Mr Bradley fell forward and tried to break his fall by putting his right hand down.
This caused him to break all four fingers on his right hand and led to a cut across his palm which stopped the blood supply to his fingers, damaged the nerves and exposed his tendons.
Mr Bradley was taken to hospital where he underwent a 12-hour emergency operation. Although his right hand was saved, he has not yet regained enough function to allow him to return to work and it is possible that he never will.
Serious safety failings
The Health and Safety Executive carried out an investigation following the incident and found that:
- Hugh Logan failed to properly assess the risks to workers involved in delivering and unloading the steel;
- it also did not provide its employees with the necessary information and training to ensure the safety of workers and did not liaise with Falburn to make sure a safe system of work was in place;
- Falburn also failed to assess the risks to visiting workers while unloading steel;
- and it also should have liaised with Hugh Logan to ensure a safe system of work for unloading steel was in place.
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